Open Air Theatre:
Hamlet in the courtyard

21 June 2021 (Monday)

As part of its Castle Tour 2021, the American Drama Groupe Europe performs "Hamlet" as a classical play by William Shakespeare in the castle's courtyard - in the original English language. 

Title: Hamlet
Language: English
Event organiser:

ADGE American Drama Group Europe (producer: Grantly Marshall)

Location: Castle courtyard, individual seating, seat reservation not possible.
Entrance: 18:00 hrs
Start: 19:00 hrs
Playing time: ca. 90 minutes
Break: No
Catering: No
Advance tickets: from 10 June 2021 via Online-Ticket-Portal (event section)
Adults: 28,00 €
Students: 14,00 €
Box office: Entrance castle courtyard
Adults: 30,00 €
Students: 16,00€

- you need a face mask (FFP2/medical).
- VTR evidence is not necessary.
Please inform yourself in the section Requirements for the castle visit

Due to the lagal Corona regulation the number of the tickets is limited. 

The  shuttle bus comutes between parking lot P1 and the castle's entrance gate from 18:00 to 19:00 hrs and after the end of theatre for 30 minutes. Tickets for the shuttle bus are available from the bus driver (2,10 € one way or 3,50 € for up and down). In the shuttle bus you have to wear a face mask (FFP2/medical). Alternatively you can use the footpath (ca. 20 minutes uphill).

The Open Air Theater is not an event of the Hohenzollern Castle. Event organiser is the American Drama Group Europe (Producer: Grantly Marshall), which rents the castle's courtyard as event location. Therefore the season tickets and existing free tickets for Hohenzollern Castle are not valid for this event.

The statutory regulations regarding Corona shall apply.
The seating in the courtyard will be made individually by keeping appropriate distance. Related guests can be seated together in compliance with the actual Corona regulations.

The play (ca. 90 minutes) will be performed without break. There will be no catering by the castle's gastronomy. The toilet facilities will be open (face mask obligation). 

Tip: Even on warm summer days, the evenings can be coolish up at the Castle. We advise to come prepared with warm clothes/blankets/cushions.

In the event of bad weather, the performance will take place in the town hall of Hechingen.


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Stebbings
Musical score by Thomas Johnson.

TNT’s award winning production of HAMLET returns to the international stage this summer. This HAMLET has thrilled audiences and critics from East Asia to Central America, and from the Middle East to the British Isles. The production skillfully blends the radically different quarto and folio versions and aims to illuminate the world’s most fascinating theatre text rather than impose some superficial interpretation.

Hamlet is revealed as a troubled young man who can trust no one, not even the ghost of his father. His attempts to find a meaningful response to the murder of his father and his mother’s remarriage to the chief suspect end in tragedy. On the way to its violent climax the play illuminates and explores the human condition with such profundity that Hilaire Belloc famously noted: “if a person has not read or seen HAMLET they may as well have spent their life at the bottom of a deep well.”

The production focuses on HAMLET as performance, since most of the characters are performing a lie: old friends are spies, Claudius performs the role of a good step father, his mother that of a caring parent, Polonius of an honest broker, and even poor domed Ophelia pretends she is alone with her one time lover. The greatest actor of all is Hamlet, who performs his own illusory madness. Nothing is what it seems and there are no fixed meanings, the world drives those who try to make sense of its riddles quite mad. Director Paul Stebbings explores the theatricality, using life size puppets as well as highly theatrical ghosts and comedy interwoven with tragedy, as Shakespeare intended. This is not a play about inaction, but of a constant search for truth and justice.

The production is enhanced by Thomas Johnson’s powerful music, sung and played by the actors and interwoven with the text in the manner of a film score. This revival tours castles and palaces across Europe, offering audiences a unique opportunity to get to grips with the greatest story ever told.

 tl_files/bhz_design/img/Events Bilder/events_2021_OA_Theater_Hamlet.jpg